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Scriptures: Genesis 1:1, 21:33, Psalm 90:2, 102:12, 27, 14:1, 150:6, Jeremiah 32:17, Hebrews 6:18, 11:3, Revelation 4:11, Romans 11:36, Isaiah 45:18, 1 Timothy 6:17
There are 66 books in the Bible. Genesis is the foundation upon which the rest of the bible sits. There are 1,189 chapters in the bible, and Genesis chapter one is the foundation for all the other chapters. There are 23,214 verses in the Old Testament and Genesis 1:1 is the foundation of all the other verses. Genesis is the front door to the rest of the bible. Genesis 1 is the knob that turns the door, but Genesis 1:1 is the key that unlocks the doorknob. The first verse, made up of ten words, is sublimely simple and simply sublime. In ten short simple succinct, but sublime words, is the WHEN, WHO, HOW, and WHAT of all things. In this message, Dr. Merritt unpacks the profound truths found in Genesis 1:1.
"We cannot prove there is a God, nor can we prove there is no God. We do not come to God by reason. We come to God by faith, likewise we don't reject God by reason, and we reject God by faith. There is a simple difference between a believer and an atheist. A believer chooses to believe in God, an atheist chooses not to believe in God, however, we need to add another element. The facts are on the side of the believer, not the unbeliever. It takes more faith not to believe than it does to believe." --Dr. Merritt
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Pastors Edge provides Bible preachers and teachers with ready-to-use resources and materials based on the preaching of Dr. James Merritt, Senior Pastor at Cross Pointe Church in Duluth, GA and host of the international broadcast ministry Touching Lives.